This from the Grand Rapids PD website:
I know it is required to have a concealed weapons permit to carry a pistol concealed, but is it against the law to carry a pistol out in the open?
With or without a Carrying a Concealed Weapons (CCW) permit, you cannot walk around with a firearm in public. If you have a valid CCW permit, you would be violating both State and City ordinances pertaining to brandishing or flourishing a firearm (reference State law 750.234e and City ordinance 9.172.) If you do not have a valid CCW permit, you would be violating the above laws and several others.
From the Grand Rapids Code:
Sec. 9.172. Discharging or Flourishing. No person shall discharge any firearm in the City of Grand Rapids, and no person shall draw, handle or flourish any firearm in any public street, alley or other place open to the public in the City of Grand Rapids. From State Code
THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 328 of 1931
750.234e Brandishing firearm in public; applicability; violation as misdemeanor; penalty.
(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person shall not knowingly brandish a firearm in public.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to any of the following:
(a) A peace officer lawfully performing his or her duties as a peace officer.
(b) A person lawfully engaged in hunting.
(c) A person lawfully engaged in target practice.
(d) A person lawfully engaged in the sale, purchase, repair, or transfer of that firearm.
(3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or a fine of not more than $100.00, or both.
History: Add. 1990, Act 321, Eff. Mar. 28, 1991
I’ve not found definitions for “brandish” or “flourish” in either State, or GR code.
The following are from the dictionary:
-To make showy, wavy motions. As of the arms.
-To wave, shake, or exhibit in a menacing, challenging , or exultant way.